Our Mission: To care for anyone experiencing the impact 
of a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one.
Thank you to all our donors, honorary committee members, volunteers, staff and Board members for making our 3rd Annual Heroes of Hospice Awards Luncheon a success.  Nearly 190 guests helped us honor this year's Heroes and newly elected Board Emeritus.
 
All those honored at the event have made it possible for people from all walks of life to have a champion during their darkest hours - whether you and your family are struggling with a life-threatening illness or your grief over the death of a loved one has left you feeling isolated and alone.
 
The event raised nearly $90,000 to support the programs and services of Hospice of Santa Barbara.  We are deeply grateful to our generous financial supporters who make it possible for us to continue creating the innovative programs and services that speak to the needs of your friends, family, and neighbors.

 

Hear from our Clients
The September 24th Heroes of Hospice Awards Luncheon marked the debut of HSB's new video.  The video features four stories that chronicles the difference we make for those we serve on a daily basis.


Paying it Forward
What is Hospice? How could it have helped me as I cared for my husband who was dying of metastatic esophageal cancer? That is a question that I pondered back in 1975 as I struggled to get physicians to provide adequate pain control and allow me to take my husband home (from the hospital) to die.

That experience led me to take a study trip throughout England and Scotland in 1977 to study Hospice. There I met and heard Dr. Cicely Saunders, founder of the Hospice movement. Shortly thereafter, I attended a conference in San Diego during which I heard Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross talk about the stages of dying and proclaim her support of Hospice care. Now that I had the personal experience, coupled with Hospice training, I was SOLD on the value of Hospice. And as a registered nurse, I was determined to spread the word about Hospice at every possible opportunity. And, I did!

In 1982, I moved to Santa Barbara and quickly made it my mission to seek out and form a working relationship with Hospice of Santa Barbara. With my newly formed home care company, American Nursing Services, Inc., I knew that I wanted an alliance with an organization that would provide support to patients for whom we were providing personal, end of life care. It was a great fit!

There have been many changes in the health care community since 1982, and many changes with Hospice of Santa Barbara, as well. Little did I realize in 2005, as Hospice had its small and home-like location on Junipero Street, that I would become a client, in need of counseling and support as I faced the impending death of my best and longest friend, Ann, from nursing school days. This experience of loss was very profound, since this was a person who knew me as a "kid" and watched me grow personally and professionally over the 35 years of our friendship. Hospice of Santa Barbara was my support system during that loss.


Meet the Staff
Amara Maliszewski, Community Intake Social Worker
Amara Maliszewski returned to Hospice of Santa Barbara in September 2014 serving, once again, as our Community Intake Social Worker.  In her role, Amara performs initial client assessments, short term crisis interventions and provides education and community resources information.
 
Previously, Amara worked as a teenage pregnancy and parenting program case manager for Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County.  She also completed social work internships for the Center for Rural Assistance in Romania and for Communities in Schools Inc., in Austin, Texas. She has also served as a hospice volunteer for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.
 
Amara holds a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. 
Hospice is pleased to announce its expanded hours!
To better serve our community and its members, Hospice of Santa Barbara will now be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Expanded service begins this month. 
Hospice is pleased to announce its expanded hours!
To better serve our community and its members, Hospice of Santa Barbara will now be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Upcoming Events
August - October
"Celebration"
Solo exhibition by  Margaret Singer- Leigh Block Gallery at  Hospice of Santa Barbara
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Community Five Wishes Workshop
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well offers free community workshops to facilitate end-of-life discussion and assistance in completing advanced health care directives.  Workshops are offered the third Thursday of each month at HSB. 
To register, please call 805-845-5314.
 
Ongoing Support Groups
Thank you for all that you do to support our work! 
It is a remarkable privilege to witness the difference we make for those we serve on a daily basis. It is only through your generosity that we can accomplish all that we do and will do in the future.

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Fall Support Groups
Healing the Loss of an Adult Child
Tuesdays, November 10th - January 19th
Losing an adult child is a unique, life-changing event.  Join other parents in navigating the journey of grief and healing.
 
Adults Grieving the Death of a Sibling
Wednesday, October 14th - December 16th
When a sibling dies, the world changes in a heartbeat.  This bereavement group of surviving siblings will provide support and comfort.
 
Each participant must complete registration with HSB prior to group participation.  To register, please contact the intake coordinator at 805-563-8820.
Meet Our New Sponsor
 
MarBorg Industries is a local, family-owned business which has been serving Santa Barbara County for over 75 years.  They are a proud supporter of many non-profit organizations in our community.  Part of their corporate mission is to leave our community a better place than we found it and one way they advance this mission is to annually set aside profits for reinvestment in our community.
 
Marborg was started by Mario Borgatello Sr. and Charlie Borgatello in the late 1920's.  Recycling has been at the heart of MarBorg since the beginning when Mario and Charlie Borgatello would supply used metal, cotton, nylon, glass and other materials to meet the demand for low-cost goods created by the 1930's depression and the 1940's war mobilization.  These resourceful practices became the foundation for today's recycling efforts at MarBorg Industries.
 
Today, Mario Sr. has passed the operations of the business to his two sons, Mario Borgatello Jr. and David Borgatello, who serve as the Company's President and Vice President, respectively.  Although the business has grown since the 1920's it still maintains a comfortable atmosphere and pride of service that are only found in a family business.
 
Contact Us
Hospice of Santa Barbara
2050 Alameda Padre Serra
Ste. 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: (805) 563-8820
Fax: (805) 563-8821

Email: info@hospiceofsb.org

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